Having enjoyed Susanna White’s 2006 television adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, I was interested to see what director Cary Fukunaga would bring to this new feature length version.
Spoiler alert – you might not want to read any further if you haven’t read the novel, or don’t want to know what this adaption does to Bronte’s text
I first read Charlotte Bronte’s last novel, Villette, for my MA about 10 years ago. I remember being impressed, while finding it very bleak. On the second reading, I find it even more impressive and even bleaker than I did the first time around. Although I do love Jane Eyre, I think Villette is Bronte’s masterpiece. It isn’t anything like as enjoyable as Jane Eyre, but it’s a deeper and far more complex work.